We first met Navoi from Tanzania some ten years ago. A beautiful girl, full of potential – with a great deal of life experience for someone so young. Thanks to her sponsor in the Netherlands she was able to attend elementary and middle school. And every year, she was one of the top students. But one day Navoi began to fail her exams; then, she was expelled from school…
A lost future
Navoi shares: ‘My father died when I was a baby. I never got to know him. A year and a half ago my mother also passed away.’ This was a terrible situation in itself – and the timing couldn’t have been worse. Navoi had to deal with the loss of her mother whilst studying for her exams. ‘Because of my grief, I couldn’t study and that’s why I failed. I lost my mother and then I lost my opportunity for a better future.’
Support from the community
Navoi isn’t going through this alone. Her neighbours took on the role of foster parents. ‘I can barely feed my own four children on a daily basis, but I made a commitment to this child. I will do everything I can for her’, says her foster father. He is going the extra mile for Navoi, and so are we.
A second chance
Dorcas gave Navoi the opportunity to return to school. Instead of telling her that she has failed, we reminded her that everybody deserves a second chance from time to time. We also provide support for those closest to her. Through Dorcas training, her foster father is learning new entrepreneurial skills as well as ways in which he can increase his agricultural yields and earn a steady income in the years ahead. Navoi has real hope for the future – and those around her do too.
15 May 2019